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St. Petersburg Opera Company - Tampa studio
St. Petersburg Opera Company continues its Holiday Tradition with Seasonal Sparkle, and you can get a little preview on the radio this Friday morning on Classical WSMR. Mark Sforzini will lead the...
Ana Maria Martinez
This past summer, when June LeBell was giving pre-performance lectures for the Santa Fe Opera, June sat down with several of the wonderful young singers who were doing major roles out there. One of...
Sarasota Studio: Live Performance Promo - Sarasota Opera
The 2014 Fall season from the Sarasota Opera is underway, and you can hear some highlights from their production of Pagliacci sung by tenor Michael Robert Hendrick . Maestro Victor DeRenzi will...
Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz
At the Metropolitan Opera, drama is usually onstage. But for the past several months, it's been in the newspapers. Now that the embattled Metropolitan Opera has surmounted most of its labor squabbles...
Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment
He cracked the music world three decades ago, making smooth, contemplative piano-pop. On his new album, a double-disc live collection called Solo Concerts, Hornsby goes a step further by...
 

WSMR Music Programs

Evening Masterwork

Each weeknight at 7:00 PM join Susan Giles Wantuck for some of the best music ever written. Music that’s good enough to earn the title “Masterwork.” Listen for full length performances and large scale works like Carmina Burana, Mahler Symphonies, some new recordings and music that will be performed in our local concert halls. A full masterwork is featured each weeknight at 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9.

June LeBell's Musical Conversations

June LeBell's Musical Conversations, on WSMR 89.1 & 103.9, features fascinating conversations with all sorts of great artists in the world of classical music. Listeners are invited into June’s radio living room for unscripted, insightful, fun conversation about…and with music…throughout the hour. The guest list is name-droppers dream! Marilyn Horne, Leonard Slatkin, Dick Hyman, Anu Tali, just to name a few.

Russell Gant, Classical Music Director

Each weekday morning listeners enjoy classical music with insight and wit provided by Russell Gant. He finds the interesting stories and history that makes this music come alive. Find out how relevant classical music can be added to your life by listening each weekday morning starting at 7:00 AM.

Bethany Cagle

Join Bethany Cagle every weekday at 12:00 Noon for your favorite classical selections. Bethany adds a superb touch of class to the station, and brings you the interesting stories behind the music. Listen as you go about your busy day. You’ll find Bethany is the perfect companion on the radio.

Susan Giles Wantuck

The end of the day is a combination of wrapping up and winding down! Join Susan Giles Wantuck afternoons beginning at 4:00 PM for lively and relaxing music on your way home or as you prepare for evening. Susan brings the perfect mix of music and information for your dinner hour, and a little later, the Evening Masterwork at 7:00 PM. The music will always help you wrap up, unwind and relax – a perfect way to end each day.

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.

SymphonyCast is a two-hour weekly program featuring a full-length concert by a national or international symphony orchestra. Concerts are drawn from Europe's leading ensembles, along with U.S. orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.

 

Performance Today from American Public Media

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WSMR National Programming

From the Top

Now in its tenth season, From the Top, with host Christopher O'Riley, is a weekly radio series that showcases the nation's most outstanding young classical musicians. Each one-hour program presents pre-collegiate musicians in live performances that are combined with lively interviews, unique pre-produced segments, lighthearted sketches and musical games.

Performance Today

Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Fred Child hosts each weekday, and brings you some of the most remarkable live concert performances…sometimes within hours after they were performed!

 
 

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The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved....
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The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instru...
It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to b...
Classical music performances and features from NPR news, NPR cultural programs, and NPR Music stations....
 

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